Conference play kicked off for most teams this week, with others receiving a bye. Would this have any affect on the Top 25 ranked teams? This week also saw a lot of big-named coaches failing to gain crucial wins, putting them on the hot seat. Here’s how the Top 25 teams fared in Week 4:C
#1 Alabama – WEEK 4: W vs Kent State 48-0
The #1 ranked team in the nation had an easier Week 4 match-up following their back and forth encounter with Ole Miss last week. They dispatched Kent State 48-0, with Jalen Hurts accounting for 218 total yards and a touchdown in the air, as well as one on the ground. Backup quarterback Blake Barnett also threw for a touchdown, while Joshua Jacobs rushed for 97 yards and 2 TDs.
#2 Ohio State – WEEK 4: BYE
Next week, the Buckeyes kick off Big Ten action against Rutgers.
#3 Louisville – WEEK 4: W vs Marshall 59-28
Currently on a wave of momentum following their win over Florida State last week, the Cardinals travelled away to Marshall. Despite the Fighting Herd’s efforts, they couldn’t stop The Lamar Jackson Show. The star quarterback finished with 7 TDs, amassing for 479 total offensive yards. Running back Brandon Radcliff rushed for 131 yards and 1 TD. Next week’s game away at Clemson should be a cracker, with the two faces of college football going head-to-head.
#4 Michigan – WEEK 4: W vs Penn State 49-10
Michigan continued their strong start to the year with a dominant performance against Big Ten opponents Penn State. QB Wilton Speight threw for 189 yards and a TD, while tailback De’Veon Smith ran for 107 yards and a TD. The Wolverines face their biggest test next week against Wisconsin, who defeated their in-state rivals Michigan State.
#5 Clemson – WEEK 4: W vs Georgia Tech 26-7
The Tigers had their first win in Atlanta since 2003, finally putting away an FBS school with ease. Despite the scoreline being close, Clemson dominated on both sides of the ball, in a huge boost for their playoff chances. Deshaun Watson finally showed some of the form that made him a Heisman finalist last year, throwing for 304 yards and 2 TDs. Watson also added 36 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud caught 8 passes for 101 yards. Week 5 will see Clemson’s biggest challenge yet. As mentioned before, Lamar Jackson and the #3 Lousiville Cardinals are in town next week in a game that will have big College Football Playoff implications.
#6 Houston – WEEK 4: W vs Texas State 64-3
Tom Herman’s team easily took care of Texas State this week, with Greg Ward Jr accounting for 328 total yards and 3 TDs.
#7 Stanford – WEEK 4: W vs UCLA 22-13
After being down at halftime, Stanford rallied back in the 4th quarter as Ryan Burns threw a fade to wideout JJ Arcega-Whiteside with 24 seconds to take the lead. Defensive end Solomon Thomas capped off a strong performance by returning a fumble for a touchdown on the last play of the game. Heisman candidate Christian McCaffrey had a quiet 138 yards on the ground. They take on #9 Washington next week.
#8 Michigan State – WEEK 4: L vs #11 Wisconsin 6-30
Following their win over Notre Dame in Week 3, the Spartans were brought back down to earth, losing at home to Big Ten rivals Wisconsin. Tyler O’Connor was constantly under pressure, throwing 3 interceptions in the loss. The Spartans are still a chance for the playoffs, but will need to win the rest of the way to be considered. This seems highly unlikely with rivals Michigan and Ohio State still on the schedule.
#9 Washington – WEEK 4: W vs Arizona 35-28
The Huskies faced their first Pac 12 challenge this season, surviving in overtime against the Wildcats. Jake Browning threw for 160 yards and 2 TDs, while Lavon Coleman ran for 181 yards and 1 TD. Washington go on next week to face an even bigger test – #7 Stanford.
#10 Texas A&M – WEEK 4: W vs #17 Arkansas 45-24
Quarterback Trevor Knight introduced himself as a Heisman candidate as A&M secured a win over a ranked SEC rival. Knight threw for 225 yards and 2 TDs, while rushing for 157 yards and 2 TDs. Running back Trayveon Williams added 153 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Wide receiver Josh Reynolds caught 4 passes for 141 yards, including a 92 yard TD catch. The Aggies go on to face South Carolina next week.
#11 Wisconsin – WEEK 4: W vs #8 Michigan State 30-6
After replacing Bart Houston last week, Alex Hornibrook was named the starter for this Big Ten conference match-up. Hornibrook finished with 195 yards and 1 TD, but showed great command behind his solid offensive line. The defence constantly attacked Michigan State’s quarterback, picking him off 3 times. This win will add to Wisconsin’s playoff resume, following a win over LSU in the opening week. The Badgers now have some momentum heading into next week’s battle against #4 Michigan.
#12 Georgia – WEEK 4: L vs #23 Ole Miss 14-45
The Bulldogs suffered their first loss at the hands of SEC opponents Ole Miss. They were no match for the Rebels, as at one point they were losing 45-0, scoring 14 late points to make the score respectable. Last week’s hero Jacob Eason was limited to 137 yards and 1 interception. Tailback Nick Chubb was also limited to 57 yards this week. Georgia will have to find a way to bounce back next week against undefeated #14 Tennessee.
#13 Florida State – WEEK 4: W vs South Florida 55-35
The Seminoles bounced back from last week’s embarrassing loss to Louisville with a win over South Florida. After conceding a touchdown on the first play of the game, the Noles answered back straight away with a long range Dalvin Cook touchdown run. Cook finally showed why he’s one of the top running backs in the country after failing to reach 100 yards in the first few games. The star tailback rushed for a career high 267 yards and 2 TDs. On top of that, he also caught 4 passes for 62 yards. Jacques Patrick ran for 124 yards and 1 TD, as South Florida could not contain the Seminoles’ rushing attack.
#14 Tennessee – WEEK 4: W vs #19 Florida 38-28
After being down 21-3 at one point, the Volunteers rallied back to hand Florida their first loss of the year, while going 4-0 to start the season. Tennessee ended their 11 year losing streak to Florida in a game of two halves. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs was the star, totaling 399 offensive yards and 5 TDs, which included a career high in passing yards and passing TDs. Jalen Hurd added 95 yards on the ground, while receiver Jauan Jennings caught 3 passes for 111 yards and 1 TD. After defeating their rivals and Georgia also going down, Tennessee now have a firm lead atop the SEC East.
#15 Miami (FL) – WEEK 4: BYE
The Hurricanes had a bye this week, but resume action against Georgia Tech in Week 5.
#16 Baylor – WEEK 4: W vs Oklahoma State 35-24
The Bears starved off a tough Oklahoma State side in Big 12 action. Seth Russell threw for 4 TDs and 387 yards, while also rushing for 65 yards. Wide receiver Ishmael Zamora caught 8 passes for 175 yards and 2 TDs, while Chris Platt had 3 catches for 114 yards and 2 TDs. Along with West Virginia, Baylor have become the Big 12’s best chance at making the College Football Playoff.
#17 Arkansas – WEEK 4: L vs #10 Texas A&M 24-45
The Razorbacks could not stop Trevor Knight as they went down at AT&T Stadium. Austin Allen threw for 371 yards and 2 TDs in the loss which shows encouraging signs for the young signal-caller. Wide receiver Jared Cornelius caught 7 catches for 126 yards and 1 TD. The game was kept close and Arkansas looked like the better team until the second half blitz from the Aggies occurred.
#18 LSU – WEEK 4: L vs Auburn 13-18
A touchdown on the last play of the game was overturned as the play didn’t get off before time expired, meaning LSU have fallen to 2-2 for the season. It’s Les Miles’ worst start as the coach of LSU, who started the year ranked #5. Leonard Fournette rushed for 101 yards, but there was concern for the star running back as he went down late in the game. LSU’s playoff hopes are all but over and they will aim to bounce back against Missouri next week.
#19 Florida – WEEK 4: L vs #14 Tennessee 28-38
The Gators’ defence was torn apart by Josh Dobbs as Florida relinquished a 21-3 halftime lead. Austin Appleby, who took over injured QB Luke Del Rio, threw for 296 yards and 3 TDS. Wideout Antonio Callaway caught 4 passes for 134 yards.
#20 Nebraska – WEEK 4: W vs Northwestern 24-13
Following a tough win over Oregon in Week 3, Nebraska kicked off Big Ten against Northwestern. Dual-threat quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr threw for 246 yards and a TD, while adding 132 rushing yards.
#21 Texas – WEEK 4: BYE
Texas face Oklahoma State next week.
#22 San Diego State – WEEK 4: BYE
San Diego State resume action in Week 5 against South Alabama
#23 Ole Miss – WEEK 4: W vs #12 Georgia 45-14
The Rebels bounced back from a tough loss to Alabama to dispatch #12 Georgia. Chad Kelly threw for 282 yards and 2 TDs and ran for 53 yards, which included a 41 yard TD run.
#24 Utah – WEEK 4: W vs USC 31-27
A late 4th quarter touchdown pass propelled Utah over the Trojans. Troy Williams had 270 passing yards and 2 TDs, with Tim Patrick catching 6 passes for 100 yards and 1 TD.
#25 Oklahoma – WEEK #4: BYE
The Sooners face Big 12 rivals TCU, led by Kenny Hill, in Week 5.